Nelson Algren


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  • ''The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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  • ''I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. Preface added to his prose-poem Chicago: City on the Make (1961), original work published (1951).
  • ''The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy—yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. "Prefatory," Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way (1966).
  • ''Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. Quoted in Newsweek (New York, July 2, 1956).
  • ''Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.''
    Nelson Algren (1909-1981), U.S. author. Quoted in The Neon Wilderness, frontispiece (1947).

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